Country definition

kŭntrē
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The whole land or territory of a nation or state.
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An area or expanse outside cities and towns; a rural area.

A vacation in the country.

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An area of land; region.

Wooded country.

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The land of a person's birth or citizenship.

Foreign travel is restricted in his country.

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The land of a person's birth or citizenship.
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A set region of land having particular human occupation or agreed limits, especially inhabited by members of the same race, language speakers etc., or associated with a given person, occupation, species etc. [from 13th c.]
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A country is defined as a nation, the people of the nation or land in a rural area.

An example of a country is the United States.

An example of the country is farmlands in Iowa.

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Land with farms and small towns; rural region, as distinguished from a city or town.
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(now dial.) Of one's own country; native.
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The people of a nation or state.
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Of, in, or from a rural district.
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Characteristic of or like that of the country; rustic.
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Of or relating to country music.
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A region, territory, or large tract of land distinguishable by features of topography, biology, or culture.

Hill country; Bible country.

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Of, relating to, or typical of the country.

A country road; country cooking.

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The definition of country is relating to rural life.

An example of country used as an adjective is the phrase "country food" which means traditional food from farmland areas.

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(informal) Country music.
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The people of a nation or state; populace.

The whole country will profit from the new economic reforms.

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A jury.
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A nation or state.
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The people of a district who are eligible for jury service.
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The territory of a nation or state; land.
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(archaic) An area of land; a district, region. [from 13th c.]
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The territory of a nation, especially an independent nation state or formerly independent nation; a political entity asserting ultimate authority over a geographical area. [from 14th c.]
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​(usually preceded by “the”) A rural area, as opposed to a town or city; the countryside. [from 16th c.]
  • 1603, John Florio, translating Michel de Montaigne, Essays, II.17.
    I was borne and brought up in the Countrie, and amidst husbandry [...].
  • 2000, Alexander Chancellor, The Guardian, 4 Mar 2000.
    I have always thought that one of the main reasons for the popularity of blood sports in the country is the pointlessness of going outdoors with no purpose or destination in mind.
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Country music. [from 20th c.]
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(mining) The rock through which a vein runs.
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From or in the countryside or connected with it.
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Of or connected to country music.
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in country
  • In Vietnam during the period of US military operations there:
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
country
Plural:
countries

Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

in country

Origin of country

  • Middle English countre from Old French contree from Vulgar Latin (terra) contrāta (land) opposite, before from Latin contrā opposite kom in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Middle English contree, contre, from Old French contree, from Vulgar Latin (terra) contrata (“(land) lying opposite; (land) spread before”), derived from contra (“against, opposite”).

    From Wiktionary